For lots of school age kids, the holiday seasonÂ means school parties, pageants and plays. These can be a lot of fun, of course, but they can also mean an abundance of sweets and high fat foods.
Sure, we all love to have a treat now and then, but a recent LiveWell Colorado survey found that Colorado moms estimated their young kids can eat up to 2-3 sugary snacks per week (cupcakes, cookies, cereal treats) in the classroom.
That’s more than a “treat”Â â€“ thatâ€™s a regular part of the diet!
Most of us enjoy an indulgence once in a while. In fact cupcakes and other desserts and snacks can be part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation. Making sure that moderation (and not domination!) is in place, however, can be tricky, particularly when it comes to treats outside of the home.
So what is a family to do? How can we help our kids stick to a healthy eating routineÂ while having fun at the same time? How can you be “that parent”Â who monitors nutrition at school but who isn’t at the same time annoying, embarrassing or pushy?